This is my review of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2. I’ve split it into spoiler and spoiler-free sections.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2
First, let’s start with some general spoiler-free thoughts. I absolutely loved the original Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, so although I was looking forward to the sequel, I was slightly apprehensive because I wasn’t sure how they would develop the characters and plot established while also fitting it into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. Infinity War is on the horizon and I wasn’t sure how much that would affect this film.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the plot – I follow a few comic book sources so I knew the basic background to the new characters, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the film tied itself together.
The opening credits sequence is my favourite opening sequences of all time.
Don’t forget – there are five (yes, 5) post-credit scenes, so keep watching through the credits in order to watch them all. This means you’ll also get to watch several of the credits change from ‘I Am Groot’ to various phrases as well as revealing names in different sections throughout – this was a nice touch, picking up a pop culture reference and running with it.
Overall, I’m giving the film a 5/5 for its exploration of family, the relationships of existing characters and the seamless introduction of new characters. Similar to Rogue One I have a never-ending obsession for this latest addition to the MCU and I’m honestly not complaining.
That’s all I’ve got for the non-spoiler review. Now, this next part contains extensive spoilers – you have been warned!
Films like this need a bit a spoiler-filled discussion – for this one, vague thoughts aren’t enough! I adored the opening sequence with baby Groot dancing, oblivious to the chaos around him. Rocket’s joke of winking with the wrong eye cracked me up (and again when it was repeated later on).
While I knew all about Ego being Quill’s father (and this is pretty much explained in the trailers as well as early on into the film – I was glad they didn’t drag the reveal out too much), I didn’t expect the absolute twist that Ego had been trying to have as many genetically different children as possible in order to get a child who was half-god. If I have one complaint about the movie, it’s that I would have liked to see a lot more of Quill getting to use or at least attempting to use this new-found power. But, surprise surprise, it is all taken away by the end of the film with Ego’s ‘death’. I put that in air quotes because I refuse to believe it was that easy to blow up an immortal living planet, but for now he isn’t present. That means Quill most likely will return to being a standard human with no more holding onto infinity gems (which is a shame, but I understand why with Infinity War on the horizon). I guess Marvel doesn’t want any one character becoming too overpowered, but it’s still a shame and I would love to see more exploration of sort-of-celestial Quill. Heck, that should have been his new tagline.
I’ve seen other people point out how great it is that Gamora’s plot was all about her relationship with her sister and didn’t rely on being Quill’s girlfriend – I like that they’re dragging it out and leaving it, for now, as an ‘unspoken thing’. Both are such greater actors they don’t need to script to confirm how deeply they care about each other, similarly to how I felt about Rogue One handling Jyn and Cassian (although clearly Gamora and Quill are in a very different franchise and situation).
I also loved the idea that family is the people who raise you and support you rather than who you’re genetically related to. Gamora and Nebula’s relationship being explored in more detail, and how they suffered at the hand of Thanos, really deepened their characters and Nebula’s performance was amazing, as was the rest of the cast.
Have you guys seen Guardians Of The Galaxy? What did you think? How does it compare versus the rest of the Marvel films at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!
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